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May 19, 2014 - COMMUNITY, EDUCATION, EVENTS, HELP, HOME    No Comments

Tiny House Building Project at Aldinga, South Australia

Tiny House Caravan

The caravan that will be deconstructed and form the base of the tiny house.

I have been asked to ‘put the word out’ about a community project involving building a tiny house at Aldinga Arts Eco Village.

The project will be being undertaken from May 20th- around June 8th or so.

They are looking for volunteers to help with this project and particularly anyone who has good building knowledge, such as a current or retired builder or a student/apprentice builder.

Other helpers would also be appreciated.

You don’t have to be involved in the whole project… just for whatever time you can offer.

I would imagine older kids, such as teens, may be able to take part (you would have to check with d’Arcy if they have an age limit, as it is a building project with potential dangers) but I would think that it wouldn’t be suitable for young children.

They are also after various materials for donation to the project:

• Plywood sheets for outside cladding and maybe weatherboard for the toilet
• Rust removal and rust prep paint for the trailer as well as wire brushes and clean up the trailer
• Frosted glass door or glass door for the front door
• A couple more sheets of gyprock for interior cladding
• Structural wood for framing
• Solar converter and batteries and someone who might like to give a solar DIY lesson

If anyone is interested in taking part or helping out in any way here is the link to the project you can email d’Arcy at

May 28, 2013 - COMMUNITY, EDUCATION, EVENTS    No Comments

Share Make Mend

If you live in or near Melbourne, Australia, this community sharing and learning day might be of interest to you.

Organised by Transition Darebin and the Sharehood this event will be held on Saturday June 1st 2013, from from 1.30 – 4pm at Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High St, Northcote.

People are invited to bring along produce, books, clothes, household items etc to swap… or just come along to give something a new ‘life’ in your home!

There will also be various workshops on making and mending things, aimed at helping people become more creative and sustainable.

For more information go to

May 27, 2013 - COMMUNITY, EDUCATION, FOOD    No Comments

Ten Week Permaculture Course, Zaytuna Farm, NSW Australia

For anyone serious about learning all the ins and outs of permaculture, this 10 week course would be ideal!

Run 3 times a year, with participation from Geoff Lawton himself, this fully catered course (vegetarian menu available) covers many aspects of permaculture, with both classroom lessons and ample hands-on practical experience.

An area for camping is available, with some raised tent platforms, composting toilet and a rocket stove heated shower.

Although the price is fairly steep, the experience you will get is invaluable!

Participants come from all over the world to do this course.  The video below introduces us to some of the people who have done it and a bit of a look at what you might expect.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Detailed design and consultancy
  • Surveying
  • The Permaculture Earthworks Course
  • The Permaculture Project Establishment Course
  • Farm forestry
  • Nursery systems
  • Animal systems
  • Fencing systems
  • Main crops
  • Food forests
  • Fuel wood production
  • Kitchen gardens
  • The Urban Permaculture Design Course
  • The Learn how to Teach Permaculture Creatively Course
  • Garden agriculture
  • Energy systems
  • Waste systems
  • Aquaculture
  • Community group establishment
  • Composting systems
  • The Sustainable Soils Management Course

May 21, 2013 - EDUCATION    No Comments

Free Online Permaculture Design Course

Well, it’s finally here… Regenerative Leadership Institute’s FREE online Permaculture Design Course, consisting of 72+ hours of content including loads of video lessons, quizzes and information to help you gain a comprehensive understanding of Permaculture Design.

As some of you may know, Regenerative Leadership Institute has recently been attempting to raise the money to fund this course, through crowd funding, and thankfully they made their total- plus another $16,000 above their goal amount!  I think this goes to show how important many people perceive getting this kind of information out there, as widely as possible.

So, why wait?  Go to and get started!

We’d love to hear from anyone once they ahve done the course… or even those part way through… about what you think of it and your recommendations to others to try it… so please let us know!